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Needels, Shirley - Newbury Park  
Shirley Needels Newbury Park, CA Shirley Rae Needels, 73, of Newbury Park CA passed away Tuesday June 16, 2015 in Camarillo CA after many weeks of illness. Born on November 7, 1941 to Lowel Frey and Milred Frey. Shirley was a lifelong Southern California Resident. Shirley never shied away from hard-work sometimes working 3 jobs at a time to support her 5 children. Malibu locals may remember Shirley from the restaurant at Paradise Cove, particularly the famous Friday Night Fish Frys. Shirley found her soul mate in longtime friend, Thomas Needels, a retired commercial fishing boat captain. The two were married in 1980 after her children were grown and the happy couple moved to Ventura CA. There they owned and operated J&J Auction Co. successfully for 25 years along with Shirley's daughter Catherine. In an industry surrounded by men, Shirley grew to be well respected for her direct approach and no-nonsense attitude. After a severe stroke in 1999, Shirley's husband Thomas was left paralyzed. From that day forward she selflessly devoted her life to his care and comfort. Shirley's joy in life came from her large family and support system. She loved gathering everyone together for parties and holidays. Even close friends became extended family to Shirley. She was strong and sharp tongued at times, but kind and beloved. Shirley is survived by her children Catherine Scott, Christopher (& Machelle) Scott, Lori (& Jon) Christensen, Lisa (& Jim) Gaynor, and Robert Scott; 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sister Vickie (& Vern) Fields, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Needels in 2013. A private Celebration of Life has been held for immediate family. She was our matriarch and she will be forever cherished. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital for their excellent care of our dear Shirley. Arrangements are under the direction of Otto & Sons - Guardian Memorial Funeral Directors and Crematory, Oxnard - (805) 483-1072
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 28, 2015
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